Amy Engle

Expanding the range of science fiction

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Undoing Life Q&A

Q: What kind of influences affected the story of “Undoing Life”?

A: “Undoing Life” is like The Truman Show meets Groundhog’s Day meets The Butterfly Effect. (Thanks to Nefarious Old man for mentioning it in the review you wrote!)

 

Q: What is “Undoing Life” about?

A: Sal Chancellor has a mundane, unfulfilling life until he finds a watch that lets him go back within his time line. He uses his new ability to undo all the horrible events that has happened to him. Sal is able to make enough money to leave his dead-end job and pursue wooing the woman who has been dating him on and off for a decade. All the while, Sal is being observed from a militant research team 400 years in the future. Colonel Lucile Arbeck along with her crew study the ramifications of time travel as Sal is changing his life. Every one who has played with the time Devices have ended in traveling. Arbeck’s men and women hope to learn enough by observing Sal in order to prevent future tragedies.

 

Q: How did you first come up with the concepts in “Undoing Life”?

A: I grew up without a filter on my mouth. As a child and young adult, I tended to say every little thing that came to my mind. I often said things that were inappropriate or offensive–without meaning to. In college, this was particularly humiliating as I was attempting to be involved in discussions and collaborations. I wished I could go back a mere 10 seconds and keep myself from saying things that I shouldn’t. The rest of the story grew from that single desire.

 

Q: Who is your favorite character from “Undoing Life”?

A: That’s always difficult to answer. There are minor things about every character that I love: Fanny’s confidence despite physical flaws, Selma’s dismissive cynicism, Velma’s blind passion, Graham’s strange speech style, etc… But I suppose my favorite character is Arbeck. Lucile has a rather fascinating back story–most of it I’ve hidden from the readers until the very end of the book. I’m hoping someday to write a sequel that I can explore deeper.

 

Q: It’s been almost 2 years since you published “Undoing Life.” If you could go back and rewrite it, what would you change about it?

A: “Undoing Life” is currently a novella–not long enough to be an actual book. If I could go back, I’d add more description and details about the characters to make it longer and have the word count requirement of a book.

 

Q: When will you write a sequel to “Undoing Life”?

A: I can’t answer that right now. I do hope to write another story. I certainly end “Undoing Life” in a good place to set up novella number 2. My time and creative energy is currently devoted to other writing projects, but my subconscious is stewing over a couple ideas.

 

Thanks for reading. You can get “Undoing Life” on Kindle here.

For more information on my other stories, check out my author page here.

 

–Amy Engle

Mended by Ashes Inspiration

Now that National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) is done, I’d like to thank everyone who has visited my site to view my very amateur poems. They can be viewed under the Poem Category in case you missed seeing them. I shall be posting more every once in awhile as I’m inspired to write them.

 

With NaPoWriMo done, I can focus on finishing my next book, “Mended by Ashes.” It’s been a long year trying to get the manuscript even close to being done. A lot has happened and I’ve been distracted with my full-time job and other writing projects. On top of all that, I was disappointed at the lack of sales and positive feedback from my last novel, “Reps and Royals.” Still, I’m proud of the progress I’ve made with “MBA,” despite how long it’s taken.

 

But I’ve recently had a creative revitalization. I had the pleasure of returning to my old high school to see a production of “Les Miserable.” Of course, it was wonderful. The next morning, I remembered that the original concepts for “Mended by Ashes” were inspired when I first saw the film adaptation a couple years ago. I’m taking it as a sign that “MBA” needs to be completed. Sure, it still needs a bit of work, but I’m confident that I’m up to the task.

 

I’ve been asked a lot what “Mended by Ashes” is about. I reply cryptically that they will soon find out. However, I’d like to share just a little bit about it here.

 

“MBA” follows the story of an eighteen-year-old girl, Myx, who has grown up without any skills. The two civilizations that inhabit her planet have been at war on and off for generations–ever since the planet was first colonized. Myx has no place in this military world.

 

With “MBA,” I am exploring how hardships shape people. Myx is essentially a blank slate with very little knowledge and even fewer skills. But the difficulties that she faces are greater lessons for life than she had bee taught in school.

Writing Woes

“Writing Woes”

–Amy Engle

 

National Poetry Writing Month 2017 Poem #30

 

The ideas won’t come.

Creativity is blocked.

Writing isn’t happening.

A desire burns in my

Exhausted, upset brain.

Social media isn’t helping.

It distracts and discourages.

Words are trapped, silenced.

 

Grooving

“Grooving”

–Amy Engle

 

National Poetry Writing Month 2017 Poem #29

 

The beat swells, pounding in my head.

Muscles ache to move to the music.

Embarrassment makes me hesitate.

Balance and rhythm aren’t my best skills.

And yet I can’t resist any longer.

I sway my shoulders and bob my chin.

My inhibitions relax away with a sigh.

Dancing overcomes me and I become alive.

Flakes of White

“Flakes of White”

–Amy Engle

 

National Poetry Writing Month 2017 Poem #28

 

The temperature drops,

The air chilled and icy.

The sky is dark and cloudy.

The dim sun light illuminates

The falling white flakes.

The snow is soft and fluffy.

The cold fluff dances in the wind.

The cotton-like material melts on

The warm, outstretched hands.

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